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Siobhan Harkin – Bio

Siobhan Harkin is carrying out her PhD in the Higher Education Policy Research Unit of the Centre for Social and Educational Research in DIT. She is investigating strategic alliances amongst Irish higher education institutions.

Siobhan Harkin’s career has focused on the development and implementation of programmes and policy for higher education and research in Ireland. Prior to her role as Strategic Projects & Alliances Manager in the Research Support Unit, she was Manager of Strategic Initiatives, WIT, with responsibility for the coordination of initiatives, focusing on curriculum development, flexible learning and industry-academia partnerships.

Siobhan joined WIT from the Higher Education Authority, where she was Manager of Capital Programmes, running the capital element of PRTLI, Research Facilities Enhancement Scheme and Equipment Renewal Scheme as well as managing the overall capital programme for the sector.

Prior to that, she was Manager of Strategy and Innovation in the Irish Universities Association and ran their Research Office. As such, she developed and managed a wide range of policy-oriented initiatives and advised the IUA Council and other groupings on developments in higher education. She managed a range of funded projects across the universities and represented the interests of the sector in negotiating with research funding bodies nationally. Part of her role included acting as National Contact Point for the Marie Curie Programme in Ireland for 4 years and as NCP for the Infrastructures Programme of FP7.

As well as being responsible for the Marie Curie Office, she was an advisor on the cost models for FP7 and established the Irish Researcher’s Mobility Network, which provides practical support on overcoming mobility barriers for incoming international researchers to Ireland.

She has also served periods as Public Funding Manager in Media Lab Europe and as Collaboration Project Executive in BioResearch Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, where she held the position of National Contact Point for the FP5 Quality of Life Programme. With extensive knowledge of EU funding and the bid process she has advised the Government and European Commission on the workprogrammes for FP5, 6 and 7.

A biologist by training, Siobhan is a graduate from Aston University, Birmingham and carried out research at Sanofi Aventis and the Medical Research Council, UK.